It’s understandable to appreciate and celebrate the players on your team; However, there comes a time when it is totally inappropriate to do so.
That moment came Monday night for the Capitals.
After Tom Wilson scored an empty net to seal his team’s 6-3 win over the barely eliminated Rangers (thanks to the Bruins ‘3-0 win over the Devils), the Capitals’ social team released a graphic that seemed to praise the striker. in a now deleted tweet:
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Of course, Wilson scored his 13th goal of the season, with the lower half paying homage to the David Pastrnak of the Bruins tweet just before bubble hockey last summer, which said, “In my opinion, Tom Wilson is the league’s top scorer.”
Fresh. Awesome. The rest of the image, yes, not so much.
Why? It came after a game in which Wilson received a 14-minute penalty after hitting helpless Pavel Buchnevich, who was down on the ice, in the head. He then slammed Artemi Panarin – whose helmet was off – after coming to the aid of Buchnevich and Ryan Strome, who went after Wilson after hitting Buchnevich.
Telling a guy who has a history of dirty gaming and suspensions as long as a CVS receipt goes rent-free in people’s minds isn’t a good idea. If his dangerous game brings out “haters,” then it is well deserved.
And given that the post is coming from your social team … don’t double-glance.